Supporting Military Families

Virginia National Guard; state active duty pay (HB 2626)

Chief Patron - A large majority of Virginians support a living wage. I introduced HB 2626 to raise the minimum wage for State Active Duty (SAD) service. Service members are required to leave their families and report for SAD within 12 hours of notification. Twelve-hour days are normal for State Active Duty service, earning soldiers $7.48 per hour, less than the federal minimum wage. These men and women that have served our country and who are activated during a state of emergency risk their lives to protect us, and those who dedicate their lives to service should always be taken care of.